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Facilities expansion continuing as Airport Authority seeks financing

As the Macon County Airport continues to develop the extension of its runway, the Airport Authority is now looking to increase its water supply. Obtaining the additional water supply is something Authority officials said they have been seeking since 2008.

At a recent meeting of the Airport Authority, Chairman Milles Gregory said that the current well water supply the Airport has is inadequate, and asked County Commissioner Bob Kuppers whether the county could extend its water supply from the Riverbend community, along Hwy. 28 North, to the airport property.

 

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Local businessman Tim Hubbs has announced that he will retire as CEO of Angel Medical Center in the next six months in order to pursue other business interests.

Hubbs stepped in as Angel’s CEO in July 2008, following a period of upheaval at the hospital. “Tim had the local knowledge and the business acumen we needed,” said Randolph Bulgin, chairman of the Angel Medical Center Board of Trustees. “But Tim also made it clear that the time would come when he would turn his attention to other pursuits. That time has come.”

Upon assuming the role of CEO, Hubbs focused his attention on stabilizing operations and adding services.

 

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For those in Franklin suffering from cardiac and pulmonary illnesses, the rehabilitation they need after treatment may now become affordable.

Last Saturday, Angel Medical Center held its first annual “Macon Your Heart Beat” 5K walk/run event, to raise funds for its Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program on the Little Tennessee Greenway. The program allows patients to properly recuperate from treatment, which according to program director Tom Forkner, is rarely fully covered by insurance plans.

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Department Firefighters of the Year announced at annual banquet

County Ranger Bobby Mashburn with the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) was honored on Saturday for his hard work and service to the county at the annual Firefighter of the Year Banquet of the Macon County Firefighters Association (MCFA). The special accolade came as a surprise to Mashburn, who was described at the banquet as someone who preferred to remain out of the limelight and behind the scenes.

Mashburn, who has worked with the Forest Service in Macon County since 1987, took over from Donnie Seagle as County Ranger in 2001. Only two full-time NCFS employees and a seasonal forest service firefighter are responsible for protecting more than 170,000 acres of state and private forestland in the county from wildfires.

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